Our long-standing ambition is to build a retreat where young people can receive the emotional, social, and physical support they need throughout their battle with cancer. It will be known as The House of Teens Unite. Earlier this year, we were delighted to submit plans for the build to take place on land we acquired in a rural, countryside location in Goff's Oak, Hertfordshire.
The plan at The House is for young people, aged 13-24, to visit for day activities along with short, three-night residential stays, in a fully staffed environment. To spend time with others their age in a similar situation, whilst learning new skills and positively challenging themselves through the different activities we organise.
We have been providing this support to teenagers and young adults fighting cancer for the past 14 years, but without a base to facilitate our activities and residential stays, we have reached our capacity for the support we can provide. The House of Teens Unite will be the first of its kind in England and will enable us to offer greater opportunities to more young people at a time when they need us most, supporting them to continue living their years as a young adult in the best possible way.
As we write this, our final story in our campaign of Twelve Days of Giving, we have to report that sadly our plans were rejected by Broxbourne Borough Council, so this final ask is for you to support the petition started by Ian, the father of a young man who sadly lost his battle with cancer. Ian knew the value of the support teens Unite provides and wants to make sure that no young person faces that battle alone.
Please sign and share the petition so we can show the public support for the House.
Detailed below are our events for Teens, Volunteers, Fundraising and Challenges.
Volunteering with Teens Unite has changed my personality and outlook on life. When I hear all the amazing things the teens say about Teens Unite, I can tell they mean every word.
Teens Unite isn't just a charity to me, it was the beginning of restarting my life.
When Elliot started receiving the support of Teens Unite, I could see a change in him straightaway. His outlook on life was becoming positive again and I gained strength from seeing my little boy accepting what had happened and starting to move forward.
I needed help and that's where Teens Unite came in. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and the reason I met Teens Unite was to save my life.
With Teens Unite, I finally realised that I could climb out of this massive hole that I had been digging because I wasn't alone anymore.
If it wasn't for Teens Unite, I wouldn't be where I am now. They have been really supportive and given me the strength to push myself and not give up.